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Woman in White

As you read this I’m at my friend’s house eating spaghetti and drinking kinky, but the wonders of WordPress let me schedule posts – whoo-hoo! I still love that feature.

Anyway, amid computer issues, I have managed to get a submission for Woman in White done:


I’m having fun with this because it’s not the usual style I get to make covers in. I’m working on one for Far from the Maddening Crowd featuring the Valentine that causes all the trouble. Hopefully they like them!

(If you’re interested to know, the awesome textures on that are an old book scanned and the blacktop outside our old apartment on the highway after the landlords made a mess with paint all over. Nifty, huh?)

Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Advertising

I know, I know. Instead of worrying about advertisements I should be writing. And I will. But I need some quiet to concentrate and right now I don’t have that, so instead I’m working on some advertisements for the series – foremost for the first book which is free as an ebook everywhere.

There are a couple of different campaigns – first the “Vampires aren’t just for pre-teens”

Reading and relaxing

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And then I’m exploiting the Twilight angle again:



Though I want to be careful distancing too far from Twilight because plenty of people *like* Twilight – but at the same time I have had success over the years capturing the ant-twilight crowd (I have several reviews that start with “I didn’t like Twilight” – or something to that effect – scattered around.)

What am I going to do with these? Past posting them on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t know. Maybe once I get the basics laid out I’ll look into buying some ad space somewhere. I have to say that adding in my book cover is harder than I thought it would be. I’m also not sure about the “Free” tags as they seem to be throwing the balance off, so they may get moved around a bit more… hmmm…

Anyway, there’s the work in progress. Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Recovering the Classics: Jo’s Boys

Recovering the Classics is an awesome project that attempts to take classic novels and “re-cover” them to make them appealing – most ebook versions of the public domain books have generic, plain, or horribly ugly covers that turn people off, and the folks at RtC want to excite people about the books. ย The books are then made available to libraries and, if I am correct, to consumers as well. They also sell merchandise like t-shirts and other cool things with your choice of artwork. Though the artists release their images under CC license, they do receive royalties on the merchandise.

How cool is that?

Anyway, so I couldn’t stay away when I found out that Louisa May Alcott’s Jo’s Boys had no cover submissions. Zero. Nadda. I LOVED Alcott asย aย child and still have an extensive collection of her work (including the aforementioned Jo’s Boys), so here are the cover submissions I sent in:



As they are already submitted, it is a little late for feedback, but you can drop your opinions anyway. For those who have not read this, i admit the covers are a bit literal, but oh well. Not my usual style, which made them fun to do. I have no idea if they will accept them, or even like them, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, have a good one, and check out RtC!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

The Last Crafting Blog

We are done making crafts – sadly the doilies did not arrive in time so I did not get the snowy candle holders done. Tomorrow we have to spray the house and go shopping in CB, so even if they come I don’t think I’ll have time. Also won’t have time to make more of the autumn leaves candle holders because even if I bought jars tomorrow there’s not enough time to get them done before Saturday. Ah well. We have 47 sets of cards, 46 bulbs, 5 candle holders, and 9 little bottles. Now let’s just hope this stuff sells.

I did sell a set of 8 Christmas cards via facebook, so that’s something.

Anyway, today and yesterday’s:

I wish I had time to get the lightbox out and get some good shots, but I doubt it will happen.

Now I must go to bed because I have to get up in the a.m. to spray. Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚


NaNo and Christmas Crafts

01I haven’t done a real post in awhile. I don’t know why I always fall off in October. It’s when I actually start to do things worth sharing. maybe that’s why – my extra blogging time is taken up with other stuff.

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year to try to get most of book 8 (Masque of the Vampire) written. I was already on 23,000 words when it started, and have managed a total of 16,359 as of this moment. Unfortunately, I am supposed to be at 20,000, so I’m behind. One of the problems I have with naNoWriMo is the getting behind – I was sitting at almost 16,000 earlier today and needed just 18,000 to be caught up. So I stay up late and – bam! At midnight ti rolls over and now I’m 4,000 behind instead of the 2,000 I was just an hour or two ago. It makes it feel kind of hopeless, like no matter how much you put out you can never catch up.

Really, I’m not sure NaNo is a good thing anyway. I use it as an excuse to get to write – I tell authors/friends/fellow writers wanting book covers or favors that I’m working on a book the rest of the year and they say “Okay, but can’t you do this?”. But, during November you use the words, “NaNo” and they say “Oh! No problem! See you in December!” So in that respect it’s good, but it’s encouragement to just vomit as many words as you can might not be the best. For instance I like to write a bit, then instantly re-write it, cull it down, tighten it up, then go to the next bit. NaNo discourages this because by deleting even one single word, I am taking away from that precious word count that is o, so very important, meaning that the time I spent writing that word is now irrefutably wasted in terms of the end goal. This means a LOT more editing when NaNo is over, because since I’m not doing it now I’ll have to do it later.

It’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, not much else. My website has had a graphic redesign – though none of the content or navigation changed, just a bit of cosmetics. I haven’t had time to keep up with blogs because besides NaNo and book covers I have also stupidly signed up for a craft fair, meaning I need products to share. Sadly, I haven’t managed very many. Please enjoy a bunch of my crafting photos. (note these are ALL I have gotten done. Eek!)

And it’s late, so I am outta here. Have a good one!
Jo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time in a Bottle

That’s the song I’m listening to now. It used to be my parents’ song (before they got divorced) so there is kind of an underlying melancholy to it for me, but it’s still a beautiful song. Don McLean’s entire American Pie album (with the exception of “Everybody Loves Me” and the one about mother nature having it out for him…I forget the name) is also brilliant. In case you can’t guess, I listened to it before Jim Croce.

I was going to write a long blog post, but I’ve lost the thread, and I think I’d rather take a shower and call it a night. So that this is not a complete waste, here’s the Don McLean album I mentioned on YouTube. (I did not upload it).

and here’s a few covers I’ve been working on:

Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Minute Book Covers

Getting in some last minute work and thought I’d share some of the book covers I’ve been working on lately.

Wasn’t that exciting? The first one is for the Ink Slinger’s Anthology – I need to do an official cover reveal over on my author blog when I get back. I admit I didn’t really wait for it to be fully approved but I figure I’m buying the images and doing it all, so… Not that I think anyone would complain. The Ink Slingers are a nice bunch.

That’s tonight’s excitement. What a boring life I lead, LOL!

Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Gearing Up

I’ll be gone from Friday until Tuesday (or Wednesday). No, I’m not flying to exotic places, just heading down to southern Missouri for the Route 66 on the Air eventย and to spend a day hanging out with the sister-in-law (which will be fun). I doubt I’ll be blogging BUT at the same time I don;t want to guarantee I won’t, so…

I can guarantee I won’t be posting on the paper doll blog. I have two done ahead of time – threeย if you count the one I skipped ahead to (It’s number 73 but I haven’t got 72 colored yet) but it’s not enough to get me through. Oh well. No one will cry for the lapse.

I’ve been working on the cover for the anthology and I liked it earlier but now I don’t know. That happens a lot.

I need to start writing again. I’m a month behind on book 8. Blah blah.

Okay, I’m being boring, so instead of yapping on and on (and on and on like Seth Rollins) here’s a special preview of dress #73.

dress 73

I know, you’re not here to look at paper dolls, but I am hella proud of that one.

And now I bid you all good night and say, “Have a good one!”

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚


Quote Day 5 is postponed because I have a lot to say about it but not much time.

Instead you get a boring update about the upcoming Facebook Week Long Amaranthine Party – a week of giveaways including a set of dolls, a coffee mug, some handmade Halloween cards and I don’t know what else yet. Since it’s not until October I have some time to think of the other prizes and come up with some games. Need to spend some time googling. I know in August I am going to do a “contest” to design the event banner (I have a place holder stuck there now that’s boring) and maybe a quote image design contest in September… we’ll see.

Speaking of handmade cards, I sent two off today to people:


I’m really enjoying card making.

Okay, have to go. Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Indy Can Be Fun

For the most part it was a boring day where little of worth got accomplished, so I’ll skip all that boring stuff (except to say my baskets came for the bathroom – yay! Finally! Pics coming later) and go straight to the two movies we watched.

We have a Roku and have added several of those odd ball free channels. My dad loves them, and so we often get some weird movies. Today’s selection included “To Know a Jedi” and “Star Wreck”.

To Know a Jedi was made in the early 2000s and is a fan film. The premise is that in normal town USA a science geek college kid, home for the summer, sees Star Wars Episode II with his friend and decides to create a real working light saber. No one thinks he can but – surprise! – despite allusions to his past failed experiments, he manages to do it. However, that leads him to wonder, if light sabers are real, what about the force?

The first fifteen minutes were not particularly gripping (and full of foul language if that bothers you). We had actually given up and exited out to the menu, but I wanted to see if they got blown up (because of all the references to a past explosion), so we went back to it with the intention of fast forwarding it. Luckily it picked up and we never actually fast forwarded it. In fact, after he starts using the force, it got so intriguing that I put the laptop down.

I won’t say the acting is amazing, or that the dialog is award winning, but the effects are good for what it is, and it’s fun. The director/writer/producer… film maker was apparently killed in an accident so they have released the film into public domainย and you can find it at various places for download or watch it on youtube (warning – the youtube comments say the audio is out of sync. The version i saw on TV was fine, so it’s a youtube thing). I’d say skip the beginning, but it’s necessary for character development, so just stick through it.

As for Star Wreck, I’ve actually seen it before. It’s a Finnish spoof of Star Trek and Babylon 5 that ends in an epic space battle. Captain Pirk ends up back in time on modern day Earth (I don’t know that it ever tell you how – I missed the first few minutes this time [they started it without me] and don’t remember from last time) with some aliens called the Vulgar (who wind up hanging out with a rock star), his Klingon-like tactical officer Dwarf and his android Info. They need to get back to their own time, without messing up the timelines, only something has gone wrong and rather than building the P-fleet of the future, the earthlings cancel the space program. Pirk determines that he will make sure the fleet is created, and decides that the best way to do that is to become emperor of the world – with Russia’s help.

The movie is in Finnish with subtitles but it is friggin’ hilarious. Or at least *I* think it is. It’s by the same people who brought us the classic Iron Cross (I’ll be honest, I don’t remember if I liked that oneย or not. There were two Nazi on the Moon movies that we watched back to back, and one was good and one was awful, but it’s been a couple of years and I don’t know which one it was. Oh well.)

Anyway, Star Wreck is not on youtube, but they do sometimes sell it on DVD at their website. (mostly they seem focused on Iron Cross and Iron Cross 2 since those are their newer movies)

So, two indy movies, and both were fun. And speaking of indy fun, I have been working away on the Amaranthine Handbook. I’m on page 47, which is a J. (In fact, it’s Jesslynn). So I thought I’d share a couple of the previous pages:

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And now I am going to my five hours of sleep. Yay me.

Have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

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